Misused: Moral Event Horizon get usage counts
- By definition it is a moment when a character crosses a line from generic villain to Complete Monster (or something approximating that kind of change).
- It really shouldn't be YMMV, but editors are treating it as simply a bad thing a character did. It doesn't matter if a line was crossed or if it was any different from other bad things they have done, just "I didn't like what they did."
- Under the "There Can Only Be One" and "completely irredeemable" definition makes it difficult to agree upon examples, as fiction doesn't always confine itself to our definitions (ie Darth Vader eventually being redeemed).
- There is a better definition that eliminates the subjectivity, where the thematic tone of the work and the treatment of a character shifts with the act (ie Vader killing the Jedi children at the Temple). This means that:
- A) It is possible to cross the event horizon multiple times, so long as the event changes the character and tone each time
- B) It confines examples to more easily identified elements within a work, so it isn't about listing evil acts and how bad they were but explaining how the character or work changes as a result.
edited 21st Aug '12 11:45:53 AM by KJMackley
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